Shillong, January 10: Dr DD Lapang, Chief Adviser to the Government of Meghalaya yesterday laid the foundation stone for construction of Seng Khasi Riwar Mihngi Cultural Hall at Pynursla.
Addressing the gathering, Dr Lapang, while thanking the Seng Khasi Riwar Mihngi for their continuous efforts in having a cultural hall, said that Seng Khasi Riwar Mihngi has branched out to provide important services to the people. He also acknowledged the contributions of great personalities like Dibir Lyngdoh, Captain William Sangma and others in the creation of the state of Meghalaya. Dr Lapang also made a mention of the influence of Maham Sing in Khasi Culture and his role in the Seng Khasi Community. With the laying of the foundation, Dr Lapang hoped that it will help to preserve the Khasi culture and tradition.
President of Riwar Mihngi, while delivering the welcome speech, gave a short introduction of Riwar Mihngi and stated that the construction for the cultural hall would start shortly. General Secretary, Seng Khasi Riwar Mihngi, gave a short report of the milestone of Seng Khasi Riwar Mihngi and informed that the Seng Khasi Riwar Mihngi was established on February 26, 1989 and has nine committees; these committees have been providing many services to the people. Among the 57,570 inhabitants in this region according to the census committee, there are 29,053 people who still follow the traditional Khasi religion. The cultural hall would help hold meetings and other activities of the Seng Khasi.